Many Dundalk commercial ratepayers were left confused, concerned and then somewhat bemused when they first read their recently received Proposed Valuation Certificates this week.
Speaking to the Democrat, one ratepayer in town said their "jaw almost hit the floor" when they saw the amount they believed they would have to pay in rates.
Another ratepayer said that the amount they understood they would have to pay had jumped from around €2000 to over €12,000! - as per the letter received this week.
Cue floods of calls to the local council office as concerned ratepayers inundated the office querying how the proposed amount had shot up so drastically.
As it turned out, after some investigation, the wording and layout of the letter was to blame for the confusion.
According to Louth County Council, the estimated annual rates bill for 2020 can be calculated by multiplying the proposed valuation on the (Proposed Valuation Certificates) PVC by the Annual Rate of Valuation (ARV).
Current indications are that the ARV for 2020 could be as follows:
Dundalk - 0.228
Drogheda - 0.236
County - 0.201
In a response to a query on the matter from the Democrat, Louth County Council advised any concerned ratepayers to avail of upcoming information Walk in clinics:
Monday March 25 - 10am to 4.30pm - Dundalk Town Hall
Monday March 25 - 10am to 4.30pm - Drogheda Civic Offices
Tuesday March 26 - 10am to 4.30pm - Dundalk Town Hall
Tuesday March 26 - 10am to 4.30pm - Drogheda Civic Offices
Wednesday March 27 - 10am to 4.30pm - Ardee Civic Offices
Further information is available from:
The valuation office Phone: 01 8171033 or Lo-Call 1890 531431 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org